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Requisition ID: req4898

Job Title: Policy and Advocacy Internship

Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee Belgium is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organisations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. The IRC delivers emergency aid, protects children, provides health care, prevents and responds to violence against women and girls, safeguards human rights and helps to kick-start economic recovery. Working in more than 35 countries, the IRC has restored hope and opportunity to many millions of people. 


 International Rescue Committee Belgium represents the IRC’s global network in Belgium, leading on the IRC's engagement with the EU institutions. Our priority is to ensure that EU policy and legislation meets the needs of those affected by conflict and disaster. We use IRC’s learning and experience to shape EU humanitarian, development and migration policies in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide, and to ensure that EU funding is targeted effectively.

The IRC is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Intern for the Brussels office.

Duration: 6 months, full-time internship, starting at short notice.

Intern duties

• Assist with research on how the EU and EU Member States address humanitarian crises, migration, forced displacement, integration and other humanitarian/development issues in their external and internal policies.
• Monitor and analyse the latest developments in the European Institutions, Member States and the media for relevant humanitarian aspects and ensure this information is shared with relevant colleagues.
• Assist in formulating and disseminating advocacy and position papers, including by liaising with NGOs, networks, etc.
• Assist in the organisation of events, meetings and conferences, with both internal and external stakeholders.
• Assist with preparation and attend relevant meetings

• Graduate Degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations, Humanitarian Studies or a relevant field.
• Good understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions and specifically of the EU’s external action and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
• Knowledge about the issue of refugee protection, migration policies and humanitarian aid is highly desirable. Knowledge of refugee integration policy would be considered an asset.
• Familiar with current debates on humanitarian and development issues in the EU and its relations with partner countries.
• Strong research, analysis and reporting skills, with excellent writing skills and the ability to undertake research quickly and write under pressure.
• Exceptional organisation skills, with a very good eye for detail when organising events, and a demonstrated ability to multi-task, plan ahead and keep track of tasks.
• Strong communication skills, including excellent (spoken and written) English required, combined with workable French. Other EU languages an advantage.
• Proactive and able to work well independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, challenging non-profit setting.

Conditions: We offer interns a monthly stipend as will be explained during the interview.

IRC Belgium strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC Belgium is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.


Applications close on 19 May at 11.59pm


Master Degree in International Relations, Politics, Governance, Development, or in Public International Law.